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IMEV 348
NIMEV 348
As I find written of a king / That never would laugh…
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: Cf. 2655; for other MSS see 644, 4973.
Title(s): The Melancholy King; Northern Homily Cycle
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 129v-130v
First Lines:
Als i finde writen of a kinge
þat neuer wald laghe for no gladdinge…
Last Lines:
…And bringe vs to thi blisseful belde
þat tholemodemen wiþ þe sall welde
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 87v-88v
First Lines:
Als I fynd wryten of a kyng
Þat neuer wald laugh for na gladdyng…
Last Lines:
…And bryng vs to þat blissefull belde
Þar tholmode men with þe sall welde
Attributed Title: Narracio (added, f. 187v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 192v
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 39vb
Editions:
Rosenthal, Constance Lowegrund. The Vitae Patrum in Old and Middle English Literature. Philadelphia, 1936; repr. Folcroft, PA: Folcroft Library, 1974: 155.